How do you fight cravings?

Cravings are best fought off with a stick. Preferably a big one, with metal spikes all over it.

The dictionary says a craving is, "an intense, urgent, or abnormal desire or longing."

That doesn't necessarily sound like a bad thing. I like intensity; I love to long. But your questions have been about the food-related cravings – the ones that possess your brain and make you want to eat way more than you need to.

Personally I've found that prevention is the best cure. As with many things, the key is to know thyself and be prepared…

(You know I really squirm writing this stuff sometimes. I mean what a lucky western world dilemma to have; the struggle not to eat too much food. Crikey.)

… It's much easier if I don't give the cravings a chance to start. This takes a lot of planning and forethought.

My appetite is a demanding toddler; it's first words were I want. It likes to throw itself down on a supermarket floor and make a scene. My brain is the appetite's weary mother. She carries a Handbag of Anticipation, bulging with tricks and treats and distractions. She tries to be ready for any stunt the little monkey might pull.

It all starts with breakfast. If I don't get that right I screw up the whole day. During the week I don't eat until I feel the first rumbles of hunger; between 10-11 AM. If I eat first thing as convention dictates, I'm munchy again by 10. So I figured I may as well wait until I'm properly hungry in the first place. A nice bonus is that this is the time when colleagues tend to make tea and open the biscuit tin. If I'm tucking into my breakfast then that's one Biscuit Battle that I don't have to worry about.

The breakfast itself must be good and satisfying. Right now I'm running on porridge/oatmeal. I zap it in the microwave before I leave the house and put it in a wee Thermos flask, so it's still hot when I eat it a couple of hours later. I pour it into the lid/cup with some tinned pears then sprinkle it with 10g muscovado sugar and 20g of almond butter, then stir it all up so it's nice and melty and dessert-y.

I could be sensible and just have the porridge and pears, but the extra 160 calories for the sugar and almond butter are well spent. That "hit" of caramelly sweetness and crunchy saltiness, is enough to keep me happy. I can get on with my work and ignore those chocolates sitting three feet from my desk that someone bought back from vacation.

I generally eat a late lunch, around 2 – 2.30PM, that way I've only got 2.5 – 3 hours to get through until home time (how bloody sad does that sound!?). If I make it a good one – last nights leftovers, a really interesting salad, or a baked potato with yummy toppings – then I'll cruise through with no urge to visit the biscuit tin or vending machine.

But as another layer of prevention I've always got snacks if I need them in a range of tastes and textures – savoury (a Babybel cheese), sweet (fruit or a cereal bar), crunchy/sweet (oatcakes with banana) and so on. So if I do start hankering for something I have all these levels of negotiation at my fingertips.

Dinner requires just as much thought. It works best if I plan a week in advance – what's happening this week? What evenings will I be out or working late? How energetic will I feel?

If I know I'm going to be tired and crabbit (which is 95% of the time at present) then I pick the easiest yet most satisfying meals. For example, tonight we are having these lovely huevos rancheros a la Smitten Kitchen. Easy to make, healthy enough with sufficient Delicious Factor to be looked forward to throughout the day.

If you don't have Food Issues that must sound so pathetic, but today sometime between 3 and 5PM I know I will think, "I can't be arsed going to Spinning, maybe I'll go straight home and stop into the shop for a wee bag of Kettle Chips". But since I am organised for once, I will be able to talk to myself: "Whoa there! You have huevos rancheros coming up! Melty cheesy goodness awaits. Go forth and spin!"

Evenings are another tough cookie; the post-dinner wilderness hours. Again, planning a satisfying dinner helps kill that off. If I make a "Communist dinner" as Gareth calls them – you know the more diet-y kind of dinners like stir fries that are very light and vegetabley – I try to make sure I've got something ready for when the kitchen-roaming feeling kicks in – a small chocolate bar, an individual portion of Nutella, etc etc. Anticipate, anticipate, anticipate.

If I think about it honestly, aside from when I'm pre-menstrual, most of my "cravings" are because I've let myself go too long between meals; or I'm stressed or cranky and convinced that food will make it better. It's when I've pulled back too far on calories and/or flavour in my general everyday eating, so it feels like I'm missing out on something. When I take the time to plan meals that soothe and satisfy my many teeth (sweet tooth, savoury tooth, sour tooth etc etc etc) and plan yummy things into my calories, then I don't feel so obsessed by food. The cravings don't have a chance to build.

So in summary this is what I find helpful:

  • Know your moods and vulnerable times and try to anticipate/plan around them
  • Plan meals that focus on satisfaction just as much as nutrition
  • When a craving hits, try to listen to your body and figure out what's really going on
  • Talk to yourself like a loony, all day long
  • Accept that some days none of the above will work and you'll scoff everything…

(Like last week there were Viscount biscuits at work [the UK's noble attempt at a Mint Slice]. I did the talking to myself thing and chose the Healthy Option oatcakes on my desk. But then I ate three sodding Viscounts as well. Why oh why. Reboot computer, try again tomorrow. Pfft.)

… but that's cool as long as you move on as soon as possible.

As always the key is getting to know yourself and finding out what works for you. A spoonful of sugar in the morning might prevent my cravings, but it might trigger you to eat rubbish all day. It's taken me eight years to realise what works for me, with lots of failure along the way. And now that I reckon I've figured it out, I struggle every single day to actually put it into practice.

But it's worth the effort and almost fun putting yourself under the microscope, studying your habits and patterns. Once you know the beast you're dealing with, it's easier to work out how to tame it.

See also: Tricks and Treats – Guest post on Limes & Lycopene from last year

58 thoughts on “How do you fight cravings?

  1. Hi Shauna – I’ve been lurking around here for a while now after reading your book last summer and I’ve got to say I always enjoy your posts but this one in particular has pursuaded me to come out of hiding!

    I really think I’m going to find this advice and words of wisdom really helpful – I’m 6 stone into a ten stone goal and have reached a real platteau since the turn of the year and I’m finding the things that really trip me up are cravings for the deliciousness that work colleagues provide for us all on a daily basis. It had never occurred to me to abandon the obligatory 7:30 am breakfast at home pre-work and have it mid-morning at my desk!! Silly or what? But I think as of tomorrow this will be my new plan and I’m pretty sure this will get rid of the eleven o’clock munchies that have been drawing me to the biscuits of late!!

    Thanks so much for reminding me that good old common sense is more often than not the dieters best friend!!


  2. I LOVE how you have put this – my boyfriend just doesn’t understand what a craving is (he eats to live, unlike me) so when I’m treading a path from the couch to the fridge after tea in the hope that something will magically appear, he just rolls his eyes and makes those silent accusations I hate!

    I’m probably the opposite to you though, I find that avoidance is the only way. If I fancy a sweet treat then fruit is the only way forward. If I indulge in some biscuits or toast with brown sauce (my favourite) I generally can’t stop and half a loaf later I’ve usually told myself that it’s OK and diet can start again tomorrow/Monday/never.

    Thanks for the insight to how the cravings work though, I unfortunately can’t cope with only a small bar of Green and Blacks to keep me going, I need the whole flipping shop!

  3. Thanks for reminding me about Babybel, I always used to keep them around for emergencies and they are the only type of cheese where the light version actually tastes better than the full fat.

    I’ve been bringing my lunch to work more and more and it helps to keep me focussed and lessens the likelihood of straying into Pret for a cheesy meatball wrap and one of their dangerous chocolate bars. Today I have been anxiously awaiting the time for putting my cold sweet potato in the microwave, topping it with some light Philadelphia and munching with salad. Only 4 minutes to go…

  4. @KateKins – common sense is the new black ๐Ÿ™‚ breaking the rules is the only way to go i reckon. sounds like you are doing brilliantly! will you let us know how you get on with the later brekkie?

    @Shel – i feel yer pain… i hope you can find a middle ground some days, it’s bloody hard. i thought i was an avoidance/all or nothing girl too but I’m gradually retraining! sometimes i can be totally relaxed/intuitive about food then sometimes i just go crazy. le sigh…

    @Gemma – I hear ya on Pret! Have you tried that Pret Choco bar that’s like a refrigerator cake? I ate one each day I was in London last week and looked them up when I got home… 550 calories!?!!!

    your lunch sounds great. Light Philly is GENIUS… definitely soothes the savoury tooth of a lunchtime ๐Ÿ™‚

  5. @KateKins – common sense is the new black ๐Ÿ™‚ breaking the rules is the only way to go i reckon. sounds like you are doing brilliantly! will you let us know how you get on with the later brekkie?

    @Shel – i feel yer pain… i hope you can find a middle ground some days, it’s bloody hard. i thought i was an avoidance/all or nothing girl too but I’m gradually retraining! sometimes i can be totally relaxed/intuitive about food then sometimes i just go crazy. le sigh…

    @Gemma – I hear ya on Pret! Have you tried that Pret Choco bar that’s like a refrigerator cake? I ate one each day I was in London last week and looked them up when I got home… 550 calories!?!!!

    your lunch sounds great. Light Philly is GENIUS… definitely soothes the savoury tooth of a lunchtime ๐Ÿ™‚

  6. Oh, kitchen roaming – I hear you calling my name….

    But I’m going to ignore you and talk to myself like a loony.

    (Loved this post Shauna)

  7. Oh you have no idea how much I needed this post right now. Picking and mindless eating are some of my downfalls. Along with oooh that snack was delicious I must have another one and another and another……

  8. Brilliant post, lots of good ideas – and I like the sound of those huevos rancheros! I too try to take as late a lunch as possible ๐Ÿ™‚

  9. *haha* I LOVE your description of the cranky toddler/prepared mother! It’s so perfectly true!

    I am the exact same way – I eat a later breakfast and try to make it as far through the day as possible before I eat lunch. If I eat at say, noon, I’m ravenous by 4:00! And then I still have a few hours to go! No good, cause that’s way too much time for me to talk myself into eating something I shouldn’t.

    Great post (as always)!

  10. “As always the key is getting to know yourself and finding out what works for you. A spoonful of sugar in the morning might prevent my cravings, but it might trigger you to eat rubbish all day.”

    This is so true. I’m one who gets triggered by the small bit of sugar. I’m glad you figured out what works for you!

  11. later brekkie!!!! FABULOUS idea! How have I not clicked on to that before?! Good GRIEF! Nice one DG! THANX xx

    (lmao @ ‘3 sodding viscounts’ HAHAHAHA)

    love BFP x

  12. Great post and so true, it really is all about planning, being aware, and self talking. I read your book about a month ago, loved it. The fact that it took you 6 yrs to lose your weight but you never gave up gives me hope that I can eventually get there too. I’ve wanted to post on your blog for months but couldn’t figure out how. I’m hoping this time it works.

  13. I just gotta say, I love your blog! I’m new to blogging (& reading blogs) and when i ran across yours this last week I was intrigued and am even more today. ๐Ÿ™‚ I feel like you just plucked everything out of my head (which thankfully you didn’t:) and posted it. ๐Ÿ™‚ You’re an inspiration and It’s a blessing & encouragement to see you maintaining you weight.

  14. LOL. I usually give in. Fortunately I mostly crave peanut M&Ms, which are sort of healthy because of the peanuts? No?

  15. Awesome post! I’m a wobbly 4 months into Maintenance and just got off my food journal. Trying to figure out how to eat intuitively so all this stuff resonates with what I’m discovering in a big way! (I love you!)

    I am so happy to hear you eat a late brekkie too! I’ve been doing this for about a year and worrying I’m somehow hurting myself because of all the clamor about brekkie and how important it is and yadda yadda yadda. But it’s OK to wait until you’re hungry to eat. Yay!

  16. Amen, DG!
    My desk drawers at work look like a mini-mart. I definitely believe in being prepared. I’ve also gotten in the habit of having more “treats” in my morning bowl of oat bran (this morning I had honey, a little sugar, vanilla almonds and coconut…), which helps me to avoid feeling deprived. It is kind of like eating a yummy pastry of some sort, but much healthier. I do love my baked goods!

    I also talk to myself like a looney all day. The only problem is that I sometimes catch myself chatting with myself aloud! Yikes! If my boss has noticed, he has been too nice to mention it. ๐Ÿ™‚

    I love the phrase “Post-dinner wilderness hours.” I know I’m going to snack then so I might as well be prepared for that too. Mmm… Nutella!!

  17. This is a great post, Shauna and just what I’m trying to do of late. You’re so right about eating nice, tasty meals without too much depravation. If I’ve had a delicious evening meal, breakfast or lunch, then I’m less likely to give into ‘naughties’. I’ve just kicked my nightly ‘one glass of wine’ habit four nights a week and find it helps me with the snacking. I try to only snack on fruit now or ‘healthy stuff’. As for the chocolate cravings, I now find Cadbury’s far too sweet and ‘candy-like’. Trouble is my favourite Green & Blacks (either hazlenut and raisin or almond) isn’t available round here in miniature bars. I’ve just read your book for the second time and it’s inspired me even more this time. I’ve been doing WeightWatchers since Oct 06.. didn’t get to goal but maintained at a ‘okayish’ weight for over a year, but then the weight started to creep back on. I’ve had to reassess, and go down the ‘health food’ route a bit more. I was the person who starved all day, eating melba toast, 0pt soup and Laughing Cow Light for lunch for example, so that I had enough points for a glass of wine or two in the evening. I’ve come to realise that the wine had to go (most nights of the week) and I’m eating more (3 healthy meals and fruit as snacks), and feel tons better! My body thanks me for it, especially when I’m running on the treadmill the next day. Anyway, a big thank you, Shauna. You rock!

  18. I was thinking the same thing about the mind reading. It is uncanny!

    Loved this post DG!


  19. Your summary is spot-on, Girlie! I was nodding and agreeing with every point.

    Love the pears, sugar and almond butter idea…must try something like that on my porridge.

    Porridge is grand, porridge with extra goodies is awesome. :p

  20. oatcakes and banana???
    Is that some strange scottish thing you’ve picked up! ;o)

    might have to try it though

  21. So well put! That’s a plan for life, not a diet.

    I have found I can escalate a stir fry from a “light and vegetably Communist dinner” to a much anticipated savory one by adding fried tofu and peanut sauce. Yum, yum. It keeps me from stopping for pizza.

  22. Oh my gosh, it’s like you were in my head when you wrote this! I use very similar tactics to keep me from going to Tasti D-Lite (an american froyo chain – did you see it in NYC?) every day. I will plan every meal, including snacks, on saturdays and then shop accordingly. Then eating’s a no-brainer. And I include a new recipe or 2 for the coming week, something I’ve been wanting to try out. I also wait to eat breakfast til I get hungry, round 10:30am, like you. I’m eating every 2-3 hours – I don’t have a chance to get “hangry!”

  23. Oh this post was VERY welcome, very welcome indeed. Thank you for taking the time to ponder cravings and answer in a really insightful and honest way.

    “My brain is the appetite’s weary mother. She carries a Handbag of Anticipation, bulging with tricks and treats and distractions.”



  24. This post is sooooo helpful to me! Thank you so much. I love what you have to say about “rebooting” and starting over. One slip-up does not have to lead to a complete downward spiral…Thanks again–I am “craving” oatmeal for breakfast tomorrow. Yum!!!

  25. Go Dietgirl go! What a fantastic post, thankyou from the bottom of my, what always seems to be craving, heart.

  26. I find the same thing – if I’m prepared and have a sane plan for the week I’m mostly good. If I haven’t thought things through enough and plan to have lots of Communist Dinners (I love that) I rebel. If I haven’t made a plan, then look out world (or at least the burger shops and pizza joints…). If I’m REALLY craving something, I work it in somehow (either in a healthier form or surrounded by healthier meals the day before/after) because if not, I go crazy about it.

  27. Good on ya, Shauna- this is one of the best explanations of the same kind of planning and prevention that works for me, too. Indulging ‘the many tooths’ is such an important part about keeping on track for me. When I restrict myself too much, it always builds up into some overindulgence elsewhere. By throwing in little savories regularly along the way, you’re preventing the ‘snack crazy’ balloon from getting so much air that it bursts.

  28. yes yes yes. EAT EAT EAT. just do it mindfully, try and get something in me every 3 hours or so, a handful or carrots or nuts or whatever you’d like totally keeps those craving gremlins away.

    I used to wait till I was starving and craving something (which was almost always something unhealthy to fill the gigantic void) then I would totally binge on it.

    Keep yourself away from hunger pangs. which will help keep away the pizza pangs.

  29. Sensible plans (usually) do it! But I also have to keep myself busy. I eat soooo much out of boredom. Gotta make sure I’m always on my toes doing SOMETHING ๐Ÿ™‚

  30. YES! I can so relate to eating the healthy option and then eating the mist slice AS WELL!!!

  31. Awesome article! And you nailed that analogy: appetite as toddler and brain as the weary mom, with the “Handbag of Anticipation.” Loved it!

    I’m with you on the flavor-as-craving-killer. I’ve found an unsweetened yet spicy/flavorful tea I like for my “sweet” and sometimes a broth made from a good-quality stock, with seasoning added, helps with the “salty” cravings. Of course, there are sometimes when only a bit of good, dark chocolate will do. ๐Ÿ™‚

  32. Great post, Shauna. I do the ‘late breakfast’ thing as well – works a treat!

  33. Great tips for stashing the less-naughty things for when cravings strike. My standbys today are cold cooked skinless chicken, Special K and bananas. Anyway my question: those ranch eggs look superb but what did you use instead of the can of black bean soup? Assuming you can’t get that in Scotland?

  34. Hi hi groovy groovers… thanks for all your comments!

    Quarter – I just use a normal tin of black beans or mixed beans or just leave out the beans altogether. i like adding an avocado to the salsa fresca ๐Ÿ™‚

  35. DG, my friend brought your book into work and I read the WHOLE book yesterday! I think that almost every woman can identify with the insane relationship that you’ve had with food.

    You’re so right that planning is the key. I’ve started taking two light frozen dinners to work so instead of reaching for a Snickers in the afternoon, I have a healthier option.

    Renee ๐Ÿ™‚

  36. I struggle with cravings too. Personally, for me the most important strategy is not to undereat. I have something to eat every 3 hours, unless Iยดm really not hungry. When I start feeling an insatiable desire for junk food I check in with myself and usually find that Iยดm actually just hungry and the cravings disappear after I have something healthy to eat (my favourite portable snack is an apple or satsuma with 10-12 almonds). At home, big, veggie-packed, fibre-packed meals like low-fat veggie curries help keep the cravings at bay. Big hearty vegetable soups can also be really useful to satisfy your peckishness for very few calories.

    For those really intense chocolate cravings I recommend Lindt 99%. Itยดs not sweet, but really rich and intensely chocolately and will kill my cravings stone dead after only a couple of squares. The other thing that tastes really chocolately and indulgent is to take Fage 0% Greek yoghurt or fat-free Quark, if you are lucky enough to live in the first world, or plain old full-fat natural yoghurt if youยดre not (I live in Argentina and we donยดt have many plain yoghurt options) and mix it with a tablespoon of unsweetened cocoa powder. Itยดs so good! I often have it as a late-night treat just before sleeping.

    Also, I couldnยดt agree more about breakfast. Rules like always having to eat breakfast or not eating within 3 hours of bedtime are totally arbitrary and meant to be broken. Everyone has to find out what works for them. (And accept that it wonยดt work all the time!)

  37. I have been reading your blog for a long time, but have never commented before. What I want to say is mostly, “Shauna, you are truly wise”. Also, though, one thing that I have noticed in my own trials and tribulations is that exercise (esp. running) often has the added extra of preventing cravings (don’t know why – endorphins, maybe). So not only are you burning off the calories, but you also lose the need to fill up on crap.

    I think the thing is that if you are feeling happy and healthy, the last thing you want to do is fill your body with junk. Mostly, I think that the key to dealing with weight issues is to “trick” yourself into a state of mind (by knowing yourself and your triggers) where you actually WANT to eat the healthy stuff, and the thought of filling up on cheap & nasty crap just fills you with horror.

    Of course, I say that like it’s easy…!

  38. Fab post, starred for future reference. Thanks DG.
    I’m glad I’m not the only one who’s inner voice is likely to have a full-on floor thumping tanty – sometimes I forget it doesn’t have to be the only voice, love the analogy of the “handbag of anticipation”.

    “crabbit” – awww how I miss those Scottishisms ๐Ÿ™‚

  39. Great advice, Shauna. I’m the same in that if I end up having something crappy for breakfast, my whole day is screwed! My energy just crashes and I NEED sugar. My fall-back solution is Diet Coke, but that’s a-whole-nother demon.
    Whaddya mean “noble attempt”????? Viscount biscuits rock! ๐Ÿ™‚

  40. THANK YOU for not saying ‘go for a walk/bath’. The first sensible craving avoidance advice I have heard in ages ๐Ÿ™‚

  41. Thanks, very sane and sensible advice. Knowing what works and why it works for you is key. You’re right, the days that I do pull back somewhere unnecessarily are the days I lash out.

    I’m still struggling to lose that one day a week I feel I deserve for being good all week except that one day snowballs into the whole weekend. sigh.

  42. Hi Shauna

    I am reading your blog for a while now, because you are one of the few people that I know of that actually succeeded to lose half their weight and keep it off. As I am at the bottem of the pit once again now, at 153 kilograms, I just want to give up and I always use the excuse that I know no one who actually lost weight and kept it off. But you might be the inspiration/example I need. I just hope to be able to start to pick myself up soon…
    I wanted to say you have a GREAT blog and this last post was brilliant! I will try the late breakfast as well ๐Ÿ™‚
    Love from holland

  43. Another trick (from OA) is to communicate your feelings when you’re tempted to eat over them. Make a phone call or write in your journal when you’re experiencing anxiety, lonelienss, sadness, or anger and are feeling tempted by sweets or starches that are not in your food plan. I don’t know why, but every time I’ve called a friend or written about my emotion-triggered craving, I’ve been able to resist it.

  44. Hi Shauna,

    Really enjoyed this post. I read it a couple of days ago and decided to give your delayed breakfast tactic a go. I usually try to eat a healthy breakfast (egg whites & fruit or oatmeal) before work but had been finding myself ready for a mid morning snack earlier and earlier recently. The past couple of mornings I have replaced my usual brekkie with a cup of tea and a small glass of fruit smoothie then at around 10.30 some fruit and 0% fat fromage blanc. It seems to suit me so far, with the added bonus that I get more hair & make-up time in the mornings! :))

    Keep the great ideas coming!!


  45. I find planning is very important in dealing with cravings. If I plan my meals for the day at least a day ahead then I can plan in some junk food or a really good meal at the end of the day and that helps me get through the rest of the day knowing I have something I am working toward. If I know I am trying to have enough calories to eat a bowl of ice cream or half a good bar of dark chocolate, I can make it through better. I am also totally sunk if I eat first thing in the morning when I am not really hungry or awake enough to care about food. If I eat early, like you Shauna, I can easily eat again at 10. But I can just as easily leave that early meal out and feel fine.

    Thanks for the great post!

  46. Amen on that Sister! I feel ya on the food battle…I’m a slow learner, I still suffer from the all or nothing mentality in general, but lately there have been some allowances that haven’t been terrible.

    Happy St.Patrick’s Day!


  47. I agree with you Shauna that it’s all about preperation. You summed it up so well (both the cravings and the planning needed to combat them). I plan out all my snacks and meals for the day in order to always have something at hand when i hear hunger calling me. Sometimes it screams like a toddler but not always. ๐Ÿ™‚ I also follow my body and eat later meals. Sometimes I don’t eat breakfast until 9-10:30 which is of course at work and I sometimes feel like others might be giving me funny looks when they see me eating breakfast at my desk. but you know what, I don’t care because it’s what works for me! I also munch on alot of fruit throughout the day and have a drawer at my desk full of good snack options. Happily I think I can count on my hands how many times i’ve had to hit up the vending machine sicne I’ve worked here. here in my office in the states, it’s not the biscuits we worry about, it’s the cake once a week for someone’s birthday… it is a constant challenge to avoid celebration goodies that are always around. But I found that if I remind myself that it is store bought cake (which is never as tasty as homemade!) I can say no and go get a cup of tea or a snack from my drawer instead.

  48. I couldn’t agree more. I lost 100 lbs almost three years ago, and I found prevention and planning to be key.

    I finally rid “perfection” from my vocabulary, and simply try to welcome the feedback from my blunders, which can numerous at times.

    I decided to put myself first and promise to take care of MY needs. There may not be any one perfect way to do this, but keeping a sense of humor about the process is key whatever way you choose!

  49. Wow. You’re my new personal hero. This is a GREAT post, and wanted to make sure you know it. All the things you said are exactly how I feel, and exactly what I believe, but it is so nice to hear it from someone who has been there, done that. I’m only a few years into my “discovering me” journey, and I appreciate you taking your time to help us along. It’s good to know that all of this experimenting and observing of my habits, which may or may not work in the long run, will eventually level out. Thanks!

    Oh, and welcome back to Aus. Perfect time to visit here. The weather’s great ๐Ÿ™‚

  50. Thanks for the tips. I have a condition which requires me to eat only foods that will have no adverse effect on my body. I have to fight cravings too because almost all snacks are bad for me.

  51. B-e-a-utiful post! Haven’t been around here in a looooooong time but so happy to be back home ๐Ÿ˜€

    Especially like the part of talking to yourself like a looney all day long, I soooo do that, food-wise and otherwise. Hehehhee. U should here me sometimes ๐Ÿ˜€ Or not. Take care <3

  52. I found this post because I am doing whatever I can online in order to distract myself from my cravings. Uh. It seems that the more I exercise, the more I crave. My appetite is out of control, but I am feeding myself. Save me from myself!!!

  53. For me, when I have cravings, I just distract myself with something else to do. I don’t know how to anticipate my cravings yet, cuz I don’t really know when they come…maybe I should start to be more conscious of when I crave for food. Thanks for the post!

  54. Hi there!
    Snacking, especially in those after dinner hours is something I’m really working on at the moment. My attempt at the idea of being prepared is that since I know I can never stop after just a little bit, I keep some sugar free lollies around, and since these aren’t that great, I’m finding that it’s easier to ignore the cravings since what I have in the pantry to satisfy them, though good, is not the ‘great’ treat I’m looking for.

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